The ultimate PvE guide for Restoration Druids. Find out the best specs, optimal rotations, macros and gear you need to become the best restoration druid in Classic WoW.
Welcome to your Restoration Druid PvE Guide! This guide will help you improve as a restoration druid, giving you the knowledge you need to beat the hardest dungeons and raids in Classic WoW.
All along this guide, we will discuss a variety of topics in order to maximize your Druid’s potential: talents, gear and BiS, stat priority, consumables, enchants ...
Druids are often described as being jacks of all trades. Good at everything, great at nothing. This is fundamentally true because druids are the only class in Classic WoW about to fill every role: Tank, Healer, Ranged DPS, Melee DPS. However, all these specs are considered “support” specs, especially in PvE, where other classes generally outclass druids. .
That being said, this isn’t true for Restoration druids, who are in high demand in almost every raid. Most raids will usually have 2 or 3 restoration druids.Although druids do not do as much raw healing as a priest or a paladin, they make up for it with a large array of spells that heal over time, very powerful on longer fights, as well as instant spells that they can cast while moving. Morever, they have extremely powerful utility spells, notably Innervation which grants a large amount of mana regen and Renaissance, the only « battle rez » in the game. (Ok, technically shamans also have one for themselves but Renaissance can be used on allies)
Restoration Druids in Classic WoW can pick between several specs, depending on how geared they are.
There are several viable builds for Restoration druids in late game PvE. This build is probably the one you will use when first reaching 60, where you will focus on healing the first dungeons and raids
Prompte guérison allows you to sacrifice a HoT present on the target to immediately heal it for a large amount, which is particularly useful to save a low health tank. Other talents increase your overall healing power, notably Récupération, Rétablissement, and Toucher guérisseur. This is a solid build that allows you to place HoTs on the tank to keep him alive and cast Toucher guérisseur to keep your party healthy. However, this spec isn’t ideal for raid healing.Although this spec is mostly set and doesn’t leave a lot of room for personal choice in the restoration tree, the talents you pick in the balance tree give you some room for choice. Some druids prefer speccing into Colère améliorée in order to help with damage dealing if nobody’s in immediate danger. It also helps questing without having to respec. You decide.
This build is interesting for druids who lack gear or have issues with their mana. It is based on Grâce de la nature and Lueur de la lune, which require 24 points spent in the Balance tree. This means you sacrifice Prompte guérison but Lueur de la lune will help a lot with mana problems and you gain a faster cast time on Toucher guérisseur. Although Druids are supposed to be focused on HoTs, this spec values Toucher guérisseur more: it’s your main healing spell and you need to downrank it in order to heal properly.The first 20 points in Balance can be spent wherever you like, depending on your playstyle.
This is the best restoration Druid build once you have the gear for it. Your main healing spell becomes Rétablissement, the only druid spell which is both a direct heal and a HoT. The goal here is to maximize your critical strike chance in order to proc Grâce de la nature often so the cast time of your next your spell is lowered.
Rétablissement amélioré increases your critical strike chance with this spell by 10 % per point. If your crit is high enough, you will be able to spam it to save many lives
Again, the first 20 points you spend in the Balance tree can be spent wherever you like.
As a healer, you don’t have a rotation per se, but a priority list depending on the situation and your build. Calling it a rotation would be dishonest, every druid has his own habits and heals differently depending on the circumstances. There are however some ground rules that you should try to follow.
If you’re healing a tank, try as much as possible to keep your HoTs on him at all times (Récupération and Rétablissement). If these spells are not enough, cast Toucher guérisseur or Rétablissement depending on your spec choice.Most of the time you will use Toucher guérisseur to heal the tank in dungeons. If you have Prompte guérison, don’t hesitate to sacrifice one of your HoTs so save him.
For Raid healing, you will want to use the right spell at the right time, depending on the situation.If you’re using the Regrowth 21/0/30 build, then Rétablissement should be your most used spell. If you’re using the Moonglow build, then Récupération and Toucher guérisseur should be your main healing spells, to be used on tanks as well as DPS. You can optimize the effect of your HoTs, especially Récupération, by knowing fthe fights well, and knowing when damage is going to happen. You can then anticipate damage and show those arrogant priests who’s the better healer.
Downranking means using spell ranks lower than the maximum available rank. Lower ranks of a spell cost less mana and with enough gear, you can do more healing with a low rank spell than a poorly geared druid using a max rank spell. This is a very common trick which allows you to sustain your mana pool far longer than you otherwise would. It is necessary to adjust and optimize this technique and use spells just powerful enough to heal as needed and no more. Overhealing is bad. Exactly how you downrank will depend on your gear, and you shouldn’t only downrank in raids, it’s also handy in dungeons
Most druids use their main healing spell, Toucher guérisseur, at rank 3 or 4 with a max rank Nature’s Swiftness (making your next spell instant). Rank 3 has a cast time of 2,5 seconds, and rank 4 has a cast time of 3 seconds, and they have the best healing per mana value in the game. Thanks Toucher guérisseur amélioré and Nature’s Grace, your cast times are reduced by 0,5 seconds, and another 0,5 seconds if your previous spell was a critical strike.
This lower cast time allows you to cast smaller healing spells quickly which is very handy to heal multiple low health players quickly or to save mana
Learn more about Downranking.
Here is the stat priority for restoration druids in PvE.
Bonus Healing : The stat you want to prioritize. Not only does it improve your healing and make your spells more powerful, it is particularly useful for downranking. Max it!
MP5 : Separate from Spirit. Spirit’s regen only triggers when no spell has been cast for 5 seconds. This stat allows you to regen mana at all times, without having to pause your casting.
Intelligence : Intelligence is important for druids. Not only does it increase your mana pool, it also increases your spell critical strike chance. This stat is particularly valuable for Restoration. As a healer, you will want this stat on all your gear.
Spirit: Like MP5, helps regening mana during fights, as long as you spend at least 5 seconds not casting any spell. In Classic WoW, this isn’t as valuable as MP5. It’s still nice to have, but isn’t as useful to regen mana during combat.
Critical Strike Chance : When your healing spells critically strike, they heal for 150% more. Beware: HoTs & DoTs cannot critically strike in Classic WoW. Depending on your build, this can be an interesting stat, notably because of the talent Grâce de la nature which makes critical strike a cornerstone of your gameplay.
Stamina : Usually present
on all your gear, this stat increases your Health. No need to look for it
specifically, it will grow on its own as you get better gear
Consumables are extremely important for restoration druids in raids. Alchemy and Cooking bring a lot of value to a raid; we recommend you follow our guides to level these professions.
You will find below a non-exhaustive list of some necessary consumables for raiding.
Protection magique :
There are many other consumables which can come
in handy for specific encounters and hard bosses.
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